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  • Pale Rider

  • The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
  • By: Laura Spinney
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted - and often permanently altered - global politics, race relations, and family structures while spurring innovation in medicine, religion, and the arts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Predilection for Those in the Prime of Life

  • By Cynthia on 02-12-18

Read John M. Barry's Book Instead

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Overall, it is a good book with interesting material. I don't like the way the author jumps around in an incoherently . . . which she somehow suggests in the prologue is a superior way to deliver the information. I also don't like how the story stresses individual historical accounts with little (albeit, some) reference to the science of infection, transmission, and biochemical characteristics of the flu virus. Personally, I listened to Barry's book several years ago and I liked his much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jack Hinson's One-Man War

  • By: Tom C. McKenney
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

A quiet, wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson watched the start of the Civil War with disinterest. Opposed to secession and a friend to Union and Confederate commanders alike, he did not want a war. After Union soldiers seized and murdered his sons, placing their decapitated heads on the gateposts of his estate, Hinson could remain indifferent no longer. He commissioned a special rifle for long-range accuracy, he took to the woods, and he set out for revenge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction

  • By Jim on 08-22-17

Fascinating story and well researched

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This book is hard to put down. While I listened to the audiobook mostly, I also purchased the hardcover mainly for referencing maps and author's notes. The book gives a great picture of the civil war era life in the 'Tween Rivers area as well as the interesting story of Jack Hinson's personal war. It is apparent that the author spent years of meticulous research in order to write this book. While I believe the essence of Jack Hinson's story to be true (and justified - as any native has a right to defend himself against an invading, foreign army), I do think that most of the events portrayed with regard to Hinson are more legend than fact. The author does not give the name of a single victim of Hinson's sniper attacks . . . and none the kills have been referenced. While the author portrays Hinson as neutral, I also question this, as all of his sons support the Confederate cause . . . and so I question whether Jack's murdered sons may have indeed been "bushwackers". Regardless, the book would be an excellent read even without the chivalrous revenge story of Jack Hinson. Be aware the story progresses slowly and the author unnecessarily restates points quite often, which can get a little annoying. Overall, though, I'd recommend this book to anybody interested in civil war history and survival stories.

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  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

so so<br />

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Overall I enjoyed listening to the lecture but the author gets off-topic too easily and covers too many broad categories. Author considers himself to be an expert in way too many fields such as psychology, evolution, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, sexuality, and health science. Lectures are too scripted and not truly "lectures", more like chapters in a book. Narrator sounds like a bad actor auditioning for a part in a play. Way too dramatic. Crackling voice gets annoying.

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, well told, well researched

  • By Miles on 07-21-17

great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Fascinating story about survival, leadership, and ingenuity. This is now one of my favorite books

  • Left of Boom

  • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
  • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly [REDACTED]

  • By Csaba Turkosi on 12-29-16

waste of time

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

-too many redactions
-narcissistic author
-interesting to anyone with the maturity level of an adolescent boy
- I gave it a 2 instead of a one because some of the stories about CIA operations are mildly interesting